March 23, 2011

Motorola teams up with Polycom for Xoom video telepresence app

Editor's Note:  It is rumored that an iPhone and general Android video client will be released as well.  This is a great move on Polycom's part to make you able to connect tablets and smart phones to corporate video conferencing systems.
Motorola has teamed up with the unified communications (UC) company Polycom to deliver telepresence for its Xoom tablet. Polycom's standards based telepresence video application will be featured on the Xoom, offering enterprise class, high-definition teleconferencing.

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July 01, 2010

Video Conferencing's Coming Boom: Polycom CEO Predicts Rapid Growth

The telecommunications industry has been touting videoconferencing technology since at least 1964, when AT&T displayed its Picturephone at the New York World's Fair. In fact, the concept of the videophone is nearly as old as the phone itself, and prototypes predate the Beatles by many decades.
Given its long history, one might have expected that the public would have latched onto the technology, but that just hasn't been the case. While new modes of communication, from email to texting, instant messaging and wireless phones have been adopted at astonishing rates, video communications have lagged -- at least until now.

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March 17, 2010

Polycom announces Mac support for desktop video conference package

Company announced Monday Mac OS X support for its CMA Desktop collaboration application. The expanded support for the Mac means Mac users will be able to participate with other video conferencing users from their desktop over IP.

Says Joe Sigrist, VP and GM of video solutions, "Polycom CMA Desktop sets a new standard for flexibility, performance and interoperability for desktop video collaboration and we are happy to deliver on customer demand, particularly in the education, healthcare, creative services and entertainment markets, for Mac OS X support."

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November 30, 2009

British Telecom and Polycom sign three-year deal for videoconferencing partnership


Polycom and BT have announced a worldwide three-year agreement designed to accelerate the growth of audio and video conferencing within the corporate and public sector industries. Under this global agreement, the companies will combine Polycom's voice, video and telepresence products with BT's managed services and global MPLS network.

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October 06, 2009

Tandberg-Cisco deal puts Polycom in play?

Editor's Note:  Polycom is for certain in play being such a large platform independent voice and video hardware manufacturer.  I have been brainstorming what this means having the 8,000 pound gorilla now in the video conferencing market in such a major way with an army of sales people and marketing.   If anyone have $3 billion and what to make a company to really take on this challenge, please contact me (I am very serious).  I have already had some wealth managers call me asking my thoughts on this acquisition.

Cisco Systems Inc's overture for Norway's Tandberg puts U.S.-based Polycom Inc in play as it is the only public company now left in the video conferencing market. Polycom could also be gravitating toward selling itself as the threat of competing with a behemoth like Cisco looms large, analysts said. On October 1, network equipment maker Cisco said it entered a deal to buy Tandberg for $3 billion.

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March 09, 2009

Polycom releases business desktop video phone - VVX 1500

Polycom, Inc., the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice communications solutions, has redefined desktop communications with the introduction of its first business media phone, the Polycom VVX(TM) 1500.  The VVX 1500 is the first device of its kind -- a business media phone that combines a personal video conferencing system with a fully featured voice over IP (VoIP) telephone with Polycom HD Voice(TM) and an open application programming interface (API) and microbrowser for real-time delivery of personalized Web content as well as integration with key business applications.

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March 03, 2009

Polycom releases HD 8006 and QDX6000 Video Conferencing Solution

Starting in March, VideoCentric's new demonstration suite will boast Polycom's two newest systems …The Full-HD 8006 model and the Hi-Res (4CIF) QDX6000 model enabling customers to compare them with other standard and high definition systems from Polycom as well as with those from the other leading manufacturers, Tandberg, SONY, Emblaze-VCON and Lifesize.
VideoCentric will also be demonstrating both new models at customer's own premises across England, Scotland and Wales using high speed public internet connections or a customer's own data network.

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February 19, 2009

Daimler Trucks to deploy Polycom HDX 4000 video conferencing solution

Polycom, a US-based provider of video and voice communications solutions, has announced that Daimler Trucks is standardizing on Polycom's high-definition video conferencing solutions for its board and directors.

According to Polycom, its HDX 4000 and associated infrastructure solutions support a more efficient decision-making process without the need for extensive travel.

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February 05, 2009

Polycom rolls out QDX 6000 video conferencing system

  Polycom is introducing a videoconferencing package for small businesses that have low-bandwidth WAN connections. The QDX 6000 system includes a codec, two microphones, a 4CIF standard definition camera, remote control and cables. The gear does not support telepresence, the immersive audio/video technology that creates the illusion participants are sitting across the table from each other.

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November 26, 2008

Harborview Medical deploys Polycom video conference system

Harborview Medical Center has selected a new unified communications, call center system and video telepresence from Polycom and Avaya that is intended to help physicians and staff serve non-English-speaking patients effectively and efficiently.

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November 04, 2008

Polycom promoting "going green" with its video conferencing solution

Polycom regional sales manager Dan Engel explains that video conferencing solutions enable companies to conduct face-to-face meetings using regular Internet protocol (IP), or public telephone networks, without leaving the office. This decreases the carbon footprint of companies by avoiding the large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would be emitted if participants were required to attend meetings and events by car and aeroplanes.

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October 03, 2008

Polycom announces VoIP Partner program

Polycom APAC has launched a VoIP Field Verified (VFV) Program, which recognises SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based call providers that have Polycom VoIP phones. The first partner to join the VFV Program in the APAC region is Hong Kong-based Deltapath Commerce and Technology Limited.

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August 06, 2008

Polycom Offers Royalty-Free HD Wideband Codec

Polycom has made its wideband Siren 7 codec for HD voice available without a licensing fee in an effort to accelerate HD voice adoption and demonstrate the company's commitment to open standards.

The royalty-free licensing offer is an extension of the one Polycom offered for its Siren 14 code. The newer 7-kHz version helps improve comprehension, allowing businesses to communicate more effectively and efficiently, says the company.

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August 01, 2008

Polycom Soundstation 7000 review

Polycom is a name synonymous with audio and video conferencing solutions and it’s a fairly safe bet that if you look in the board room of any large company you stand a good chance of seeing one of their products.

Their analogue products had a great reputation for quality and as the move to IP based telephony continues it’s great to see Polycom aren’t being left behind!

The Polycom Soundstation 7000 is Polycom’s latest VoIP conference phone. It is a full duplex device that both looks nice and also performs extremely well.

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June 23, 2008

Polycom IP 670 IP Phone - Color LCD Screen and Gigabit

Editor Note:  Well its about time, if my readers remember that this was called for when the IP 650 came out. Good call Polycom.  Time to get my hands on one. 

Polycom today announced the newest addition to its SoundPoint IP desktop phone line, the SoundPoint IP 670. The SoundPoint IP 670 is an application-enabled desktop SIP phone with a high-performance color display, Polycom's revolutionary HD Voice technology, and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity. It provides professionals with an intuitive color interface for easier viewing and navigation of phone functions and productivity-enhancing applications.


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June 05, 2008

Polycom Recalls 2W Wireless Conference Phone Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Polycom Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at

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April 09, 2008

Polycom Releases SoundStation IP 7000 and IP 6000 Conference Phone

Polycom announced the release of the new SoundStation IP 7000 and IP 6000 IP conference phones.  Polycom features including Polycom HD Voice technology and a sleek new design. The SoundStation IP7000 is an ideal upgrade for executive offices, conference rooms and board rooms, while the SoundStation IP6000 is suited for managerial offices and small to mid-sized conference rooms.


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April 03, 2008

Polycom adds Cell Phone Signal Shielding to IP Phones

This new benefit, built into the latest versions of its triangular conference phones now delivers users a clearer and more productive conferencing experience by eliminating the annoying buzzing noise caused by interference from nearby cellular devices.  RF interference affects the millions of conference phones, regardless of manufacturer, that are currently installed in businesses around the globe.

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December 13, 2007

Polycom IP 560 Brings Gigabit to the SoundPoint IP Phone Family

Polycom announced a new model in its SoundPoint IP desktop phone line, the SoundPoint IP 560. Recognizing that more enterprises are deploying Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) networking infrastructures to deliver new productivity enhancing applications that require more bandwidth, the new SoundPoint IP 560 enables full GigE data transmission between the network and an end-user's computer, enabling a single IP connection to support the desktop.

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October 15, 2007

Polycom Fights Cisco With New Telepresence Video System

Polycom is going head-to-head against Cisco Systems with the launch Monday of its latest telepresence high-definition videoconferencing system. Polycom's new Telepresence Experience High Definition (TPX HD) 306M system is a full room videoconferencing setup that aims to provide video calls that seem lifelike, closely approximating the dimensions and detail of face-to-face meetings. It is priced one-third lower than the comparable offering from Cisco.

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August 15, 2007

Polycom SoundPoint IP 650 SIP Phone Review

Note:  Well written review I might add.  I have also used the 650 extensively and the phone is everything Paul says it is.  Still I am waiting for my Backlit Color LCD Phone from Polycom.  IMHO it is only the logical extension.  Polycom: While you at it will you use the USB on the back of the 650 to interact with some Bluetooth  headsets so my desk phone will know when I am within proximity so automatically routes calls to my desk.
Polycom is known to most as the producer of the "boomerang" conference room speakerphone. With their instantly recognisable tricorn shape, these phones can be found in nearly every conference room. The rest of the product line hasn't received the same level of attention, but my time with the Polycom SoundPoint IP 650 executive phones shows that they deserve it. In addition to its wired sets, Polycom recently acquired SpectraLink and its VoIP Wi-Fi technology.

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June 29, 2007

Polycom Phones on the way to Government Security Approval

Polycom, Inc. has made available SpectraLink Wireless Telephones with security features required for its pending Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification. The Wi-Fi handsets are the first to be listed on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) pre-validation list and are in line to be the first in the industry to achieve this government-mandated recognition for security standards compliance.

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May 07, 2007

Polycom Announces New Share Repurchase Program for Up to $250 Million

Polycom, Inc, today announced that its board of directors has extended its existing program by approving an additional share repurchase program for up to $250 million of its common stock.  Purchases may be made, from time to time, in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, and will be funded from available working capital.

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March 26, 2007

Polycom Completes Aquisition of Spectralink

Polycom, announced the expiration of the tender offer by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spyglass Acquisition Corp., for all outstanding shares of SpectraLink. The subsequent merger to finalize the acquisition will close today, Monday, March 26, 2007. All remaining outstanding SpectraLink shares, other than those held by stockholders who properly perfect appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be converted into the right to receive $11.75 in cash.

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March 21, 2007

Polycom Adds IP 320 , IP 330 and IP 550 to SoundPoint Family

Polycom, Inc. expanded its line of standards-based IP desktop phones with three new models, including two enterprise-grade entry-level phones (IP 320 and IP 330), and a high-performance four-line phone with Polycom HD Voice technology (IP 550).

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